The boy passed the test.

So did his friend.

The others failed.

So the birds promised to make the people regret their stubborn cruelty, while the boy and his friend went far away from the people who’d hurt them to start a new life together. And they lived happily ever after, because, sometimes, monsters are more deserving of happy endings than heroes are.


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It was a nice day for traveling.

Jensen let his feet carry him along the well-worn path, cataloguing the minute changes in the landscape that had occurred in the time since he'd left. There weren't many, which wasn't surprising. He'd only been gone a couple of months.

A mere blink of an eye in his life, these days.

The temperature dropped noticeably as soon as he crested the hill that overlooked the shallow valley they'd made their home. Jensen smiled. 

It was good to be home.

Jensen started his slow, ambling way down the hill, enjoying his last few steps of warm summer air. Honest was settled on his shoulder, taking shameless advantage of the fact that Jensen's arm no longer grew tired from being held out to support the bird's weight. Patience and Stalwart were soaring overhead, more or less in time with Jensen's pace, while Benevolent and Loyal had gone off ahead, no doubt to tell Jared that they'd returned.

The valley was a picturesque spot, which was an almost embarrassingly large part of why they'd chosen it. They'd had the whole world - minus Tjal - to choose from, so they'd been able to be picky. In between one step and the next, Jensen stopped walking over emerald grass and started wading through a shimmering blanket of snow. In their valley, summer melted into winter in one seamless transition that left half the valley perpetually ice-locked while the rest experienced the seasons normally.

It wasn't entirely Jared's fault. Their cottage - conspicuously striking with its cheery red roof - was nestled in the foothills of the Rix Mountains, right next to the Golilian Pass. 

As it turned out, Jared made for an excellent mountain guide. Not in the least because he could ward snow off nearly as easily as he could create it.

Jared was waiting at the door by the time Jensen finished the trek to the cottage, his broad smile a now-familiar sight that never failed to make Jensen's heart lift.

"Hi," Jared said, hauling Jensen in for a kiss as soon as he was within grabbing distance. It was a warm, hungry sort of kiss, not as fierce as the ones they'd trade later tonight but more than enough to get Jensen's blood pumping.

"Mmm," he hummed, when he pulled back. "Hi yourself. How was the Golilian Pass?"

"Generally uneventful," Jared answered, shifting away so they could walk inside. "How was the rest of the world?"

Jensen wasn't as good at staying still as he used to be. Part and parcel of being the undying keeper of a bunch of winged gods apparently. He'd worried how Jared would react to his wanderlust in the first few decades of their life together, but he'd learned that Jared didn't begrudge him his time away. When they had all the time in the world to spend together, a few weeks here and there was nothing to worry about.

And something Jensen had learned about having a house was that one of his greatest joys was coming back to it. 

"It's mostly in one piece," Jensen said, in answer to Jared's question.

One of Jared's eyebrows arched. "Mostly?"

"Another drought in Tjal," Jensen explained, with a passable attempt at nonchalance. His hand fisted as he added, "And a plague broke out in the southern part of the country over the summer."

Jensen knew that the disasters that had befallen Tjal were deserved, a cold reckoning for a longstanding lack of human compassion. In turning Jared away after all they'd done to him and all he'd done for them, the people of Tjal had broken faith with the gods that protected them. And gods, Jensen had discovered, had little respect for the disrespectful. 

He just wished it didn't continue to upset him so much.

Jared's arms wrapped around Jensen's waist, and Jensen sighed as he leaned back into Jared's broad chest.

"It's okay to be sad about it," Jared murmured.

"I've spent more of my life here than I ever did in Tjal," Jensen said, the words of the familiar argument rolling easily off his tongue. "And I know they deserve what they get. Why does it still bother me after all these years?"

"Because it was your home. That's never going to change."

"I have a new home now." Jensen tilted his head up to look into Jared's face. "A better one."

Jared smiled. "That's true. But you wouldn't be you if you didn't care about those who have no one to care about them." He closed the scant distance to press a kiss to Jensen's forehead. "And I wouldn't have you any other way."

"Likewise," Jensen murmured, chasing Jared's mouth with his own, and nothing more was said for a long time.

Just another day in the glamorous life of the former Bird Keeper of Kerak.

Jensen hoped it lasted for a thousand years.

~fin



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From: [identity profile] herminekurotowa.livejournal.com


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I love it! So much! :))))))))))))))))))))

Though the question is: can Jared and Jensen have hot sex?

From: [identity profile] cleflink.livejournal.com


*laughs* That gif is pretty much this story in a nutshell: when in doubt, let the ravens take care of everything!

Literally or figuratively? Because hot is now a relative term for them, and I can't imagine sex between these two being anything other than incendiary. ;)

Thanks, hon! I'm glad you enjoyed!
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From: [personal profile] meus_venator


Ahhhh, that was lovely and a little scary at times and sweet. I loved all the crows, what characters! Jensen certainly had his hands full with them.

Thanks so much for sharing, I do love a great fairy tale!

From: [identity profile] cleflink.livejournal.com


Jensen has resigned himself to the fact that he's going be getting pushed around by a bunch of godly feather dusters for the rest of eternity. At least he gets Jared out of the bargain.

Thank you, hon! I'm so glad you enjoyed!
alyndra: Dean Winchester in prison orange, wide-ass smile (Dean smile)

From: [personal profile] alyndra


Such an awesome, cool (heh) story! Haha omg you were planning the raven names from the beginning, weren't you!

I can't help feeling bad for all those assholes back in Tjal too, mostly wishing it could have worked out so they weren't assholes after all. XD I loved Jensen making his way through the tunnels the first time, and then his slowly developing friendship with Jared!

From: [identity profile] cleflink.livejournal.com


*nods* Myself, quickreaver and my beta all debated how to end the story, and eventually decided that this was the most believable ending,even though it sucks for the Tjalians. Hopefully, a few generations of hard times will create a kinder, hardier people.

I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you!

From: [identity profile] spike247uk.livejournal.com


this was such a lovely fic - loved the boys and the ravens were brilliant!

thank you for sharing xx

From: [identity profile] cleflink.livejournal.com


The ravens totally stole the show, and they're pretty pleased with how it turned out, all things considered.

Thank you for a lovely comment! I'm glad you liked it!

From: [identity profile] madebyme-x.livejournal.com


What a wonderful and imaginative fic!!! I loved the world building, and how you Jared and Jensen got to know and then trust each other slowly, and how you explored what being a monster truly means. The birds were delightful and I really enjoyed the twist of their true identity.

The ending was perfect; sweet and happy and what they both deserved. Thank you for sharing this, I thoroughly enjoyed this magical read! Take care :)

From: [identity profile] cleflink.livejournal.com


This was almost certainly too much world-building considering how much time I had to write the fic, but I found it hard to stop once I got started! I'm glad the progression of Jared and Jensen's friendship felt natural to you, and that you enjoyed the ending.

Thank you for a lovely comment! I'm glad you liked it, hon!

From: [identity profile] one-2-3-4.livejournal.com


Wow. Just...wow.

I wasn't sure where you were going with this at first: if this was a good demon or bad demon, if it was simply legend or more Neil Gaiman-like. I really, immensely enjoyed what you did here - I adored Jensen's sense of duty, how he followed through with his main position and didn't fault. I felt so very sorry for Jared, paying for the perceived crimes of his parents from such a young age. I LOVED the ravens - I felt right at the beginning they were speaking their own language, the reveal make me grin ridiculously. Lastly, I am a huge sucker for a happy ending, so I really love this epilogue.

Thank you sooooo much for writing this. What an amazing tale!

From: [identity profile] zubeneschamali.livejournal.com


This was so beautiful. Such a wonderfully complete world, with amazing characters. I really enjoyed this.

From: [identity profile] caithream.livejournal.com


My god this is so beautiful. It reminds of me the writings of Neil Gaiman or Phillip Pulman. Absolutely love the world building. I was so delighted about the raven's names! Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful story.

From: [identity profile] quickreaver.livejournal.com


I forgot to leave a big fat comment here!

First off, it was nothing but a treat to work with you. You had so many fantastic, imaginative ideas, no matter what we chose, it would've been magical. The way you wove everything from the art prompt into this fairy tale made was so charming! And even though I knew the big plot points? It was still such a pleasant surprise to read how they puzzled together. Thank you so much for picking my prompt; I couldn't be happier! ❤

From: [identity profile] vatititech.livejournal.com


This was lovely! Two lonely boys finding each other with a little help from their (feathered) friends ❤ I loved how exasperated Jensen would get with the ravens and how you described Jensen's growing feelings for Jared. And Jared </3 lonely for hundreds of years, the sadness that you detailed, whether it was in his eyes or his words, you did such a beautiful job. My heart ached for him. And then when he refused to leave without Jensen. My heart skipped a beat. Especially when Jared manhandled him, allowing Jensen to finally admit that he too felt he didn't want to be without Jared *happy sigh* You never disappoint, girl. Such an amazing story, thank you for sharing.
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